Well, I finally made it happen. 6 AM came along this morning, and as the clock struck, I was slamming the door behind me. Out for a long run.
This is huge for a couple of reasons. Number one, I am not at all a morning person. Getting up at 5:30 AM is pretty much my personal version of Hades. And number two, I’ve been procrastinating training for Chicago for several weeks now. After today, I feel like I’ve finally gotten on board.
The run itself was kind of a slog. I always feel slow as molasses in the early morning and today was no exception. But it was okay. It wasn’t about the speed today. It was about logging at least two hours of running. Which I did. To the tune of about 13.5 miles. Somewhere just south of 9-minute pace.
As much as I hate (hate!) getting up at the crack of dawn, I think I can do it once a week. Especially if I can come home and go back to bed afterward! (I wanted to do that today, but I had to go to work. Damn, that would have been nice, though.)
Today’s EAT: No groceries in the house is a great excuse to try a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try. And a new cuisine! Tonight, the hubs and I hit up Sigiri in the East Village for a delicious Sri Lankan dinner.
As it turns out: Sri Lankan is kinda like Indian. But, um, spicier. A lot spicier. It’s a good thing we read up a bit on Yelp before we headed over there and were forewarned that they really don’t mess around with the heat factor in Sri Lanka. We were given the choice of three spice levels for our Pork Black Curry: medium, hot or very hot. We went with medium. And I was still a huge sweaty disaster, practically squirming out of my seat as my tongue burned!
Don’t get me wrong – it was absolutely delicious. I love spicy food – and this curry pushed just to the edge of my enjoyment. Most places don’t make it spicy enough, and I’ve become accustomed to ordering the very hottest level offered at your average Thai, Chinese or Indian restaurant. But I’m pretty confident that I’d be in the hospital right now with a seared esophagus if I’d ordered the “very spicy” at Sigiri!
Today’s DRINK: We stopped at Whole Foods on the way home for some dessert fixins and I decided to pick up a beer. My palate was still smoldering and a beer sounded fantastic.
After much perusal of the single-beer selection, I landed on this:
This Pretty Things Baby Tree quadrupel attracted me for three reasons: (1) the cute label, (2) the high ABV, 9% and (3) the cute label. (Wheee, look at that shiny thing over there!)
I knew I’d had quadrupels in the past, though, and liked them, so I figured this would be enjoyable enough. Actually, it’s kind of a winner! It doesn’t taste puckeringly bitter like some high-ABV beers, and has almost a earthy-fruity taste that’s is quite smooth.
Today’s RUN: Runs plural, actually. Because 13+ miles at 6 AM just isn’t enough for one day!
I was also called upon to lead a pace group for our Saturday group run at work. So, just two hours after finishing my long run, I headed out for another easy 5.5! This actually felt really good: while I definitely noticed the morning’s mileage, it did feel good to warm things back up again and subsequently get a good stretch.
Total for the day: ~19 miles.
Marathon training indeed.
Today’s QUESTION: Do you like it spicy? I definitely do. The hubs and I put red pepper flakes or sriacha sauce on many a food!